Unit 16, Session 5: The Temple Was Completed

January 15, 2017 | by: Jessica Wilson | 0 Comments

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Dear Parents,

Some time after the temple’s foundation was laid, the work stopped. With the encouragement of the prophets Haggai and Zechariah, God’s people resumed the work of rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem. Approximately 15 years had passed without progress.

At this time, Darius was king of Persia. The Persian Empire was vast, so Darius appointed governors over the provinces. A man named Tattenai watched over the province that included the land of Judah.

Tattenai noticed the work of God’s people, and he was concerned. He sent a letter to King Darius. “Is this allowed?” he asked. “The people say that King Cyrus said they could rebuild the temple and the city. Please investigate this matter.”

King Darius did investigate, and Cyrus’s decree was located in the Babylonian records. Darius instructed Tattenai to allow the people to rebuild the temple and the city. God had turned the heart of the king for His people’s favor. (See Prov. 21:1; Ezra 6:22.) The people completed the temple. They dedicated it joyfully and observed the Passover.

God declared in Haggai 2:9 that the glory of this second temple would be greater than the first. This prophecy was fulfilled by the presence of the Messiah, the Son of God. Jesus said that He is greater than the temple. (Matt. 12:6)

God's people rebuilt the temple so they would have a place to worship God. Years later, God sent His Son, Jesus, to be with His people. Now God dwells not in the temple, but directly with His people. Because of Jesus, we don't need a temple anymore.

Help your kids see that in Christ, we find the substance of which the temple was a shadow. The Lord was not confined to a building, yet deity lives fully in Christ. (See Col. 2:9.) Jesus is our High Priest. He entered the most holy place for us. (Heb. 6:19-20) The priest offered the blood of animals, but Christ offered His own blood once and for all. (Heb. 9:25-26) He gives us access to the throne of grace. (Heb. 10:19-22)

Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card below for ways to interact with the Bible content this week:

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FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

  • God helps us obey Him. God helped His people rebuild the temple.
  • Darius wrote a letter to help God’s people.
  • Because of Jesus, we can worship God anywhere.

Preschool

  • How can we obey God? We trust God to help us obey Him.
  • God helped His people rebuild the temple.

Kids

  • How can we obey God? We trust God to give us strength to obey Him.
  • God helped His people rebuild the temple.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE
Daniel 2:20-21 (Preschool: Daniel 2:20)
Elementary: Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings.
Preschool: Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might.

FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS
•Where does God’s presence dwell now?
•What does it mean to say God dwells in us?
•In which places or times is God with us?
•Where could you go that God isn't?
•How did God help His people rebuild the temple?
•Why do you think God wanted His people to finish the temple?
•Where can we worship God now that we do not need a temple? Name specific places.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES
•Volunteer with your family to help build a home through an organization that helps those in need. Talk to your kids about our home being with God forever.
•Is there a task that needs to be completed in your home? Work together as a family to finish it.
•Gather with friends and neighbors to celebrate a time of worship in a nontraditional location.

NEXT WEEK
“Esther Became Queen” (Esther 1-4)

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